Final Exam: Take Home Essay
One of the main types of Greek literature is the classic, tragedy. Unlike modern
tragedies, when you long-lost lover goes into a coma, Greek tragedies happen on a much
larger scale. Much of Greek literature comes from long, bloody wars and the
consequences of them, such as deaths in mass proportion, being sold into slavery,
wandering aimlessly around the world for several years and so on. One thing that leads to
most of these large scale tragedies is when a leader possesses
, also known as
pride, wanton arrogance, or reckless disregard of limits. A common theme is Homer’s
, and Euripides
The Women of Troy
is the use of
of a leader which leads to a tragic and unbearable end to many of his people.
In Homer’s Iliad, many characters come to mind where arrogance is concerned.
Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, is the definition of reckless abandonment and
selfishness for his homeland. He steals the most desired, and already taken, women in the
world from the Greeks, raging a ten year war in which his men die, women become
widowed and children become fatherless. Paris shows
by his reckless nature.
Knowing well in advance what enticing Helen back to his homeland will result in, he
disregards this and follows his heart carelessly. When Hector scolds Paris for “cursing
your father, your city, and all your people” by starting this war without thinking, Paris
responds mundanely, “pit me against Menelaus dear to Ares—right between the lines--